Honduras Panama FTA to become effective in 2009

Both countries signed documents at ceremony for the exchange instruments for the ratification of the protocol of the bilateral FTA, thereby ensuring that it will come into effect on January 9, 2009.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Panama Minister of Foreign Affairs, Samuel Lewis Navarro, indicated during the ceremony, which was held at a hotel located to the east of the capital, that with the signing of the document "Panama will continue the process of integration with the rest of Central America."

"We have proposed, with the ratification of these accords, that we open our economies so that there will be more trade, investment, and prosperity" in the region, said Lewis.

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Nicaragua – Chile FTA Comes Into Force

September 2012

Following the exchange of notes of ratification, the Free Trade Agreement between the two nations will become effective on 19 October 2012.

A press release from the Foreign Ministry of Nicaragua reads:

An exchange of letters on the bilateral Nicaragua-Chile protocol, a Free Trade Agreement between Chile and Central America, was held this morning between the foreign minister, Samuel Santos López and the Chilean Ambassador in Spain, Mr Hernan Mena Taboada.

FTA negotiations between Panama and Mexico restarted

December 2008

The Foreign Ministers of Panama and Mexico agreed to restart conversations geared towards fiscal agreements that will allow for the resumption of the FTA negotiations.

"There was an understanding that the technical teams will have to meet regarding the new proposals that the (Mexican) secretary of Finance has sent to Panama," said the Mexican Minister to Notimex, after a bilateral meeting with Lewis Navarro.

President of Panama and Costa Rica sign FTA

October 2008

Panamanian President Martin Torrijos will travel to Costa Rica on October 24 to sign the FTA between the two countries.

The sign ceremony for the Free Trade Agreement between both countries will be held at the Presidential House in Costa Rica.

Torrijos will be accompanied by the minister in charge of Commerce and Industry, Severo Sousa, and the Panamanian delegation will be join by the first Panamanian vice president and foreign minister, Samuel Lewis, who has been on a visit to the US.

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